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Your Sooner Experience Guide

Below are just a few experiences you can expect to have as an OU student.

Established in 1942 as one of only two programs of its kind in the nation, OU’s unique University College is set up to serve first-year students by offering one-to-one advising, free tutoring, a writing center, Gateway to College Learning classes, freshmen seminars and career exploration sessions. And all of these services are offered in one place on campus. Wagner Hall is the hub of academic services for new students! Freshmen are part of University College until the completion of 24 credit hours and then are transferred into the degree-granting college of their choice, so it is okay if you are like more than 30 percent of other first-year students who are undecided about a major. For more information on University College and the academic services listed above, visit the University College website.

All OU students benefit from the diversity of experiences and wealth of activity brought to campus through student life! OU has a way for everyone to get involved in the community and learn valuable leadership skills. In fact, the Conoco Student Leadership Wing houses office space for all campus organizations so they can collaborate and work side-by-side. Students organize and plan all major campus-wide events at OU. The addition of this wing was the idea of OU students. Here, you can create your own story. Visit Student Life and Leadership Development and Volunteerism for more information.

Camp Crimson is OU's premier orientation camp for new Sooners. It is a three-day, two-night crash course on what it means to be a Sooner and how to succeed at OU. For more information and to register for one of three summer camps online, visit Camp Crimson.

Sooner Orientation Weekend gives new students the opportunity to get acquainted with the Norman campus and community and to find out about OU student services and programs offered through various campus departments. Orientation is held during the four days leading up to the first day of fall semester classes. For more information visit Student Life.

Norman, OK: Norman, the third-largest city in Oklahoma with an estimated 115,000 residents is just 20 minutes from Oklahoma City, a major metropolitan area. Like OU, Norman provides the best of both worlds with small town community and big city resources. Norman is a classic college town, with a thriving local music scene and boutique shopping on Campus Corner, a historic district within walking distance of campus with over 75 local vendors and restaurants. Norman, called the “City of Festivals,” has over 25 festivals each year. Culture, tradition and atmosphere make Norman a vibrant university town.

International Community: At OU, you will be equipped to excel in our global society. OU strives to make study abroad accessible to all students: scholarships apply while abroad and OU recently increased its travel fellowships by $1 million. Last year, OU students studied in 35 countries. With over 1,000 international students currently enrolled representing over 100 countries, our campus is truly a global community.

OU Arts District: Within walking distance of the residence halls, the OU Arts District provides all OU students an opportunity to experience a variety of first-class performances and exhibitions at little or no cost. Each season, more than 400 recitals, concerts and performances grace the many OU stages and facilities. The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art’s collections total more than 10,000 and the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is one of the two largest natural history museums in the world associated with a university. These experiences offer lifelong enrichment to OU students. Visit the College of Fine Arts, Fred Jones Jr Musuem of Art and Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History for more information.

Living on campus in the center of it all is the best way to experience OU to the fullest. When living in the OU Housing community, you have access to a great number of amenities, such as:

  • Wireless internet access in the Towers with an expanding wireless connectivity for the Quads
  • Expanded basic cable TV service and high speed internet access points in each residence hall room
  • Free tutoring care of the University College Housing Learning Center in Adams Center
  • Involvement and leadership opportunities with the Housing Center Student Association
  • Social lounges/TV lounges and 24-hour monitored quiet study areas
  • More than 20 different on-campus restaurants, including Room Service and all-you-care-to-eat Couch Restaurants
  • Online interactive nutritional program to help you customize meals and maintain a healthier diet

Visit for floor plans, a virtual tour of rooms and any other housing information.

OU Information Technology has designed world-class technology services that rank OU in the top 10 of PC Magazine’s Top 20 Wired Colleges.

  • Convenient wireless access in over 80% of campus buildings, as well as many outdoor common areas. To download the wireless map, please click here.
  • 24/7 on-campus desktop support and warranty repair (Apple and Dell). Call (405) 325-HELP or visit one of our service centers.
  • More than 40 computer labs featuring 800 PC and Mac Workstations.
  • Better-than-education discounts on brand name hardware, software and peripherals at the OU IT Store.
  • Online access to course content like synopses, presentations, class notes and more via our D2L Portal
  • Campus-wide emergency communication system offering text, e-mail and phone announcements. Preferences can be setup in

Visit OU IT online for more information.

Athletics: The OU Sooners have won 26 national championships in men’s and women’s sports with the latest coming in 2008 when the men’s gymnastics team won its fifth title in seven years. All OU sports events are free to OU students (except men’s basketball and football) with OU ID. For more information and to get tickets, visit

: The Huston Huffman Center is our home for intramural sports and fitness. OU provides sports programs including over 30 Intramural Sports, adaptive sports and fitness services and facilities to complement students’ academic pursuits. HHC, free of charge to OU students, features three state-of-the-art strength training areas, a climbing wall, cardio room, a 1/6-mile indoor track, eight basketball courts, pool, volleyball, badminton, racquetball and squash. For more information, visit Recreational Services.

OU is committed to environmental stewardship. From extensive recycling containers and energy efficiency upgrades to local, organic produce and CNG vehicles, we are reducing our carbon footprint. In addition, OU recently pledged to use 100% wind power for all purchased electricity by 2013. For additional information on OU’s sustainable practices or how you can get involved, please visit